Champions Undone By Arsenal On This Day, 25th November 1962

Ipswich Town had six months earlier been crowned League Champions for what turned out to be the only time in their history. This season, 1962-63, they struggled and eventually finished in the lower reaches of the table, avoiding relegation by four points (these the days of two points for a win).

Arsenal were seventeenth before kick-off, Ipswich were twenty-first, three points behind. By the end, the gap would be five points as the hosts disposed of their visitors comfortably. The decline in his team’s fortunes didn’t do Alf Ramsey any harm, becoming England manager in April 1963.

It’s Just Like Watching Brazil At Arsenal, On This Day, 16th November 1965

On this day, it actually was with a Brazilian XI arriving in north London for a match honouring the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The programme notes the ties between the club and country forged fifteen years or so previously during two tours of the South American country.

The Brazilian squad for this match was originally composed of players drawn from Santos and Vasco de Gama. Acccording to the programme, Brazilian FA and future FIFA President, Joao Havelange was unable to persuade the two clubs to fulfil this tour; “No one was more disappointed” is how the feelings of Havelange were described. With five league matches in less than a fortnight, it was surprising that anyone actually entertained the notion that either club would be involved.

The outcome was that Arsenal won 2 – 0 and as far as I can ascertain, none of the Brazilians from Corinthians and Portuguesa de Desportes went to the 1966 as anything other than a spectator. That is not to say it was a squad entirely devoid of stars. Dino Sani had appeared at the 1958 World Cup and was a European Cup winner with AC Milan. The future was also included, one Roberto Rivelino was a mere 20 year old at the very beginning of his club and ‘international’ career.

For Arsenal, the double-winning side was beginning to breakthrough with Peter Storey and Jon Sammels joining George Armstrong and Frank McLintock in the first team.

16111965 Brazil 2 - 0

A Double First For Arsenal On This Day, 23rd September 1936

This friendly against Glasgow Rangers was the first time that the Compton brothers played in the same Arsenal line-up. Leslie made 273 appearances during a 22 year war-interrupted career at the club between 1931 and 1953. Denis meanwhile managed just 60 in three less years, injury wreaking havoc with his career.

They played just 42 competitive matches in the same line-up, losing and drawing ten, winning twenty-two. The first was 1936s Charity Shield defeat against Sunderland. They did manage to sign off in style, their penultimate fixture was the 1950 FA Cup final.

Highbury Wasn’t Ready To Open Its Doors On This Day, 6th September 1913

Open they may have been although judging by reports, it is surprising that there were doors at all. As Leicester Fosse visited Highbury, they found a ground that was not finished. Building works would continue through the 1913-14 season.

This letter sums up the situation

David Dein Buys Into Arsenal On This Day, 30th August 1983

30081983 David Dein Buys Into ArsenalWho knew where this one would end…

And a manager’s transfer record being criticised by Arsenal supporters. It just goes to show that there is frankly nothing new about the current mood of supporters. Neill had less than six months left in charge, the decision to sack him laid squarely at Dein’s door in the Irishman’s autobiography.